Her Success Motivates Every Indian: PM Modi On Mirabai Charu’s Olympic Win

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian weightlifter from Manipur Mirabai Chanu, who on Saturday ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by bagging a silver in the 49kg category at the Tokyo Games.

The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and open India’s account in Tokyo.

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Wishing Mirabai on her success, PM Modi said her feat will inspire the future generations.

“Could not have asked for a happier start to @Tokyo2020! India is elated by @mirabai_chanu”s stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian. #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020,” Modi tweeted.

The gold went to China’s Hou Zhihui for an effort of 210kg (94kg+116kg), while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze with an effort of 194kg (84kg+110kg).

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and his predecessor Kiren Rijiju too congratulated the weightlifter for bagging a medal for India on the first day of the competitions here.

“India”s 1st medal on day 1 ! @mirabai_chanu wins SILVER in women”s 49kg weightlifting! India is so proud of you Mira !,” Thakur wrote on his twitter handle.

Rijiju added: “India strikes first medal at Olympic #Tokyo2020 Mirabai Chanu wins silver Medal in 49 kg Women”s Weightlifting and made India proud Congratulations @mirabai_chanu! #Cheer4India.”

India”s lone Olympic gold medallist and former shooter Abhinav Bindra too took to the social networking platform to wish Mirabai.

“Many many Congratulations to @mirabai_chanu on winning India’s first medal at #Tokyo2020. Such An inspiring performance that will be remembered for a long time to come and will inspire generations. Well done.”

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